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I have a 2003 ford explorer v6 4wd... the wife had a flat and the nieghbor changed it. ok.... she didnt know the emgerency brake was applied and drove about 10 miles. now i t could be a coincidence with bad timing but now the explorer constantly sounds like it is going over a bridge " bump bump bump" and she swears its sounds and feels like it it is comming from the drivers side front end. i am on the road away from home and will return in a few days to repair the truck. i had her put it in and out of 4wd and the noise and vibrations stopped for a day she says. am i looking at e brake shoe problems or could there be front end issues with the front end 4wd?

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Where was the flat? If the flat was on the Front end, the Spare may be bad or the Lugbolts are loose. If the front hit something hard enough to blow a tire, there could be related front damage. But a nail would not damage the frontend, just the tire.

You should check the E brakeshoes, but really there is a possibility the E brakes would have messed up once they were used. The parts back there could be rusty anyway and would not reset if the E brakes were off. Sounds like the neighbor did a favor and did right by setting the E brake when jacking the Vehicle.

There may be extra noise if the Spare was hung back under the vehicle. As the tire is flat it will not tuck in tight without air in it.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010

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